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Qualifiers for the ESL Cologne are about to being

On the 5th of July ESL One is coming to Cologne in Germany for the sixth year in a row. Many CS:GO fans are super hyped about the event as they will get a firsthand view of some of the best CS:GO teams in the world battling it out in the playoffs in the majestic Lanxess-Arena.

The tournament comes with a nifty $300,000.00 prize pool and is kicking off with a group stage on the 2nd of July. Of the event’s sixteen participating teams eleven have already been invited and announced. These include all of the fiercest competitors in the professional CS:GO scene:


Joining these teams is yet another invited one which is yet to be determined (probably Team Liquid or Team Vitality) and four teams who will earn their spot from qualifier tournaments. These qualifiers are kicking off on the 9th of May and consist of a European, North American and Asian one. Among the eight teams who will fight for a spot in these the following have been confirmed:

European Qualifier: Chaos, Heroic, AVANGAR, OpTic, Team Vitality, ALTERNATE AttaX

  World rank   Nationality  Best map  Best player
Astralis 1 Denmark Nuke device
BIG 18 Germany Dust 2 tabseN
ENCE 5 Finland Train allu
FaZe Clan 4 Europé Mirage Niko
Fnatic 6 Sweden Inferno flusha
MIBR 7 Brazil Train coldzera
mousesports 12 Europé Mirage oskar
Natus Vincere 3 Ukraine Train s1mple
Ninjas in Pyjamas 9 Sweden Nuke f0rest
NRG Esports 8 United States Inferno Ethan
Renegades 10 Australia Nuke jks

North American Qualifier: ATK, Bad News Bears, FURIA, INTZ,

Asian Qualifier: Alpha Red, BTRG, EHOME, Recca

Two teams from the European Qualifier will move on to the main event, whereas one will earn a spot from the North American and Asian ones. All of the qualifiers are played over three days in a double elimination bracket with matches being best out of three, except for the finals which are best out of five.

Live streams of the matches can be found on ESL’s official twitch channel and for those who would really like to take the action to the next level CS:GO betting will also be available. Not every gambling operator will offer odds on the matches though as they are only qualifiers, but you would have to visit an eSports oriented one.

Previous winners and runner ups of the ESL One in Cologne

  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
1st Ninjas in Pyjamas Fnatic SK Gaming SK Gaming Natus Vincere
2nd Fnatic Team EnVyUs Team Liquid Cloud9 BIG

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